Banana oat pancakes

This morning I decided pancakes for me and my mini! As the hubby was out on a training ride I knew I could try something healthy and new! I have seen pancakes made with banana and oats all over Pinterest so this was a definite Pinterest inspired win, not only for us but my friend and her beautiful twin girls! 


Here is the scoop

  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 heaping tsp cinnamon (I ❤️ cinnamon!)
  • Blend all together in food processor, then add
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk alternative (I had Almond breeze almond/coconut milk unsweetened)
  • Blend until everything is fully mixes
  • Cook pancakes and enjoy!

Sevings: 5 (2 pancakes) calories: 307; fat: 7 g; carbs: 48.6 g; protein: 13.5 g

Vegan Spelt Flour Waffles

Lately Monday’s have been rough getting up. I don’t know if it’s cause I’m just so tired from the go go go of the weekend or that my bed is so comfy I do not want to leave it and just snuggle with Ari as long as possible!

When we finally did get up I wanted waffles I am a huge fan!!! I have been letting my fingers do some walking on searching for some healthy recipes. Leave it to Pintrrst! I came across this Vegan whole wheat waffle recipe by Vegan Family. I did change things up a bit. Here is the recipe I used

Ingredients: 

  • 1 3/4 cups spelt flour
  • 1 tablespoon all natural cane sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 chia seed eggs (1 egg= 1Tbsp chia+3Tbsp water)
  • 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup Origional unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon agave

Directions

  1. Make chia egg and let sit for 10-15 minutes
  2. Add in all other wet ingredients
  3. Then mix in dry
  4. You will have a thick batter. Place in waffle maker and cook.
  5. Serve with fruit and maple syrup
  6. Depending on your waffle maker you will get between 4-6 waffles

Serving size: 5; Calories: 270; Fat: 11.5 g; Carbs: 37.7 g; Protien: 6.9g


    Their number of servings were 4 I threw all the batter in my waffle maker and had some oversized waffles. With the size of my waffle maker I could of made 5 good sized waffles. And let me tell you all you need is 1 they were so filling! 

    I topped mine off with some mango and maple syrup! Ari just had maple syrup and ate the whole thing! 

    Enjoy!

    Love Yourself

    Now that school is over (for a month) I finally have figured out what my next post is about. As many of you know I started a weight loss transformation journey about 5 years ago. It has taken me a LONG LONG time to feel comfortable in my body and feel confident to wear almost anything!

    A year and a half ago we were blessed with an AMAZING baby girl. She is my life and my world but I have struggled with finding that confidence I had before having her. Just recently and much thanks to my husband who tells me I look GREAT everyday started running in a sports bra. All I have been seeing lately is seeing a jiggly, untoned tummy. My husband said I should just take a pic of myself so I can actually see what others are seeing. I did it and this is what I saw:

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    It is not a 6 pack by any means but I’m loving my 2-pack and this is the most toned I have ever been. Seeing this opened up my eyes that I AM ONE HOT MAMA! My uncle who hasn’t seen me since my wedding 3 years ago even told me I look like I am in better shape and slimmer than I was. Slimmer, this may be true but I definitely know I am in better shape.

    Before I had Ari I started running and it is something that I enjoy doing (most days) and it gives me a great competitive drive. This year alone I busted out a 27 min 5 k which just gave me a number to beat! I have also cut down my mile time to average 9 min (sometimes a little under) mile with out Ari in the BOB and about a 9:30-9:45 min mile with her. I have become faster and fitter.

    Before Ari I was a crazy health nut (according to Tom). We had minimal processed foods in the house, never had lunch meat and I was always finding ways to “healthify” things. I am still that crazy health nut as I want to teach Ari about good nutrition, but since having Ari we have eaten out a little bit more than we use to, I developed a sweet tooth and lunch meats are convenient! I do still try to “healthify” things but definitely not as much. You have to find your balance I would say mine is about 80/20. I do treat myself, my weakness is sour patch kids. I know they are bad for you but its just my weakness, everyone has one! I tend to indulge in them more often than I should since having Ari.

    Every week I go through my recipes, pintrest, instagram and look for some wholesome healthy meals to cook. I have found since having Ari if I meal plan it helps us from deviating to unhealthy foods. I always leave one day for leftovers or if  dinner has failed then take out. Next I go through all the grocery flyers to see what is on sale and finalize my menu.

    If you have decided you need to change I will be honest with you it is hard! I still struggle with my inner fat kid. Like I said I have a weakness for sour patch kids. But I need to know that yes having a treat is good and ok but a few times a week is probably not the smartest idea, despite working out 3-4 times a week.  It took me 2 years to lose all my weight and took my 5 years and 1 baby later to have abs like these!

    Remember LOVE your body, LOVE yourself, be CONFIDNET and be PROUD of what you have accomplished.

    Grab a chair and get to WORK

    Today will end my full week of at home workouts. The tattoo is healing very nicely and I am hoping with covering it and keeping it super clean I can get out to run next week and maybe a workout or 2 in the house. I will stay away from the gym next week as it can be a bit grosser than being outside.

    Today all you need is a chair and I KNOW everyone has a chair in their house!

    • Decline pushups (12)
    • Crunches (12)
    • Flutter kicks (20)
    • 4 Direction Taps (8)
    • Arm-hip lift (12)
    • Single leg bridge (8 each side)

    CLIKC HERE to see the workout!

    I did it for 4 rounds and you can modify the push ups by having feet on ground hands on chair for an incline push up

    Enjouy!

     

     

    Theraband workout

    Here is another minimal equipment workout! Whip out your favorite tunes, a band and yoga mat, unless you have a lot of cushion in your tush! I have probably the boniest butt known to man that if I don’t use the mat rug burn occurs and we all know how much that sucked as a kid!

    But enough life sharing here is your workout!

    Set that timer for 8 rounds (for 8 exercises) 50 seconds of work and 10 seconds of rest and yes today you will use it for rest promise!!!

    • Walking push-ups (out can modify on your knees)
    • Theraband seated rows
    • Table walks
    • Seated Theraband biceps curls
    • Seated Theraband triceps push backs
    • Reverse crunch ups
    • Theraband flys
    • Rope climbers

    I did this circuit for a total of 4 rounds !
    I hope you enjoy! Until next time

    At Home Workouts Continues

    I put Ari down for her nap and sat at the table with my cup of coffee thinking what am I going to do today so I can get a decent workout. I see my physio ball so lonely in the corner and figure well lets use that today. This is what I came up with:

    Physio Ball at Home Workout

    • Dead bug
    • Plank Shoulder touches
    • Leg outs
    • Bridge march
    • Push ups
    • Russian twist
    • Arm-leg lifts
    • pulsing thigh squeezes
    • V-pass
    • Roll outs

    All of these are done using the physio ball.

    Download a HIIT timer on your phone and set it for 30 seconds of work 10 seconds rest. But in this workout your rests are not rests at all! You will hold a 10 second plank! I did this a total of 4 rounds and felt it! Do less or more depending on where you are in your fitness journey! And remember if one of the exercises is too difficult DONT DO IT!!!!

    To see how a round looks click on the link!

    Until Next time!

     

    Escarole is kid aproved!

    Tonight I FINALLY made my Escarole, sausage and bean pasta dish. I had this dish last year when I was at my aunt and uncle’s and have been dying to make it ever since. This IS NOT the skinny version but you are more than welcome to substitute the regular sausage for turkey or chicken sausage. That would definitely put a skinnier twist on this. Which I will try next time!

    img_0490Here is what you will need:

    • 1 package sweet Italian sausage
    • 1 shallot
    • 5 large garlic clove
    • 1 med-large head escarole
    • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    • 1.5 cup chicken broth
    • 1 box penne

     

     

    How to cook it:

    1. Heat an extra large skillet or Dutch oven on medium-high heat
    2. Heat a pot of hot water for pasta once boiled cook until al dente
    3. Once pan is hot put olive oil in and reduce to medium heat
    4. Add sausage and cook until mostly cooked through
    5. Add chopped shallot and cook for 2 min
    6. Add garlic cook for 1-2 min
    7. Add escarole and beans
    8. Once escarole is wilted add broth and a dash or two of red pepper flakes
    9. Simmer until liquid has reduced by 1/4-1/2
    10. Put cooked pasta into pan and stir cooking for 2-3 min
    11. Divide into 5 servings about 2 cups each
    12. Add parmesan if desired or keep off for a dairy free meal!

    This meal was big enough to serve 5 adults and a little tyke! Ari who has become our little vegetarian ate EVERYTHING and LOVED it so much she had seconds! I hope you all enjoy!

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